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Duerr, symphony, chorus afford Brahms’ ‘Requiem’ a special propulsion

Duerr, symphony, chorus afford Brahms’ ‘Requiem’ a special propulsion

Performing a work as complex and deeply felt as Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” is a major challenge, especially when the instrumental and vocal forces can combine for only a single rehearsal led by a conductor making his Chautauqua debut.

Yet those assembled forces brought it to vivid life. Having heard the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Kleinhans Music Hall, there was little doubt about their prowess, especially in a work at the heart of their choral repertory. Baritone Tyler Duncan was also making his Chautauqua debut, with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme a welcomed return guest.

Conductor Robert Duerr, a North Tonawanda native, minister, organist and founder of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, had led the chorus, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, last April. His extensive operatic assignments at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera have enriched him with a special sense of drama — an attribute that afforded Brahms’ work the special propulsion it requires.

Duerr, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus join CSO to perform Brahms’ mournful yet joyful 7-movement masterpiece

Duerr, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus join CSO to perform Brahms’ mournful yet joyful 7-movement masterpiece

“It goes from where there is a profound grief, but then to comfort; from exile, to homeland; from weeping, to shouting; from despair, to hope; from suffering, to joy.”

It is even a feat for guest conductor Robert Duerr, musician and minister, to find so many words to capture Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem.”

Duerr will conduct the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the visiting Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and guest soloists Janice Chandler Eteme and Tyler Duncan for a performance of the Requiem at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater.